Yesterday was one of those days. You know the kind, I'm sure. It was a typical morning. Chores completed. Horses out in the pasture.
All was well. I had a list of things that I hoped to do with my day. and then, as sometimes happens, I was totally derailed.
As it happens, though, it was probably all for the good... as you will soon see.
I had spent the morning de-Christmassing - getting the house un-decorated. For as much as I love to decorate for Christmas, I love getting the house back in order after the holiday. I find that a clean, uncluttered space puts me at ease as we move towards a new year.
The horses had been out to pasture for the allotted time and it was time to bring them back to the barn. Unfortunately, our "sweet" Scarlet was not interested in joining her herd for breakfast at the barn, and instead, ran away from us whenever we approached her.
I had been given the advice to chase her around the pasture in the gator until she decided she was done with her shenanigans. I slowly drove the gator and kept her trotting so that she could not eat, while Hubbs stood at the gate with the lead rope. Scarlet had a choice - get exhausted trotting or submit to her lead rope and go back to the barn for breakfast. It took about 15 minutes for her to make up her mind. Going back to the barn via lead rope was her eventual choice - a wise one.
Don't worry - Scarlet is not skinny, as this photo would have you believe. You will see in the photos to come, she is actually a little chubby. I had the wide-angle lens on the camera to get all of her body in the photo.
With horses sorted out, we headed back to the house. Hubbs was adding some bed slats beneath our bedroom mattress, and I was doing a little cleaning. In the midst of all of the activity, a silk bag was sucked up into the vacuum hose. Now, the thing about this situation is this: when we built our house, we had a central vacuum system put in. The vacuum has a 30 foot long hose which attaches to the cleaning tools. Unfortunately, the silk bag was stuck in the middle of the hose. After a while lot of effort in solving this problem (involving a drain snake), Hubbs suggested we use the snake on one side and hook the other end of the hose up to the shop-vac. Luckily, this worked and the hose was open once again.
So happy to have the vacuum working again, I then set about to deep clean several rooms of the house... moving furniture, refrigerator, etc.... vacuuming and then scrubbing floors and polishing furniture. It was one of those "one thing turns into many" kinds of days.
Mid-afternoon, the farrier arrived for our regular, bi-monthly appointment.
Hooves were trimmed without incident.
Although she did have a little attitude.
And it took a carrot to convince her to give in to the lead rope.
It seems our dear Scarlet is going to be an ongoing project.
On another note, Hubbs took this photo on his way to the barn. Nowadays, Faith and the pigs are one big happy family. And when it comes to treats, Faith plows her way into the fence between the two pigs...
just to make sure she gets her fair share!